Copyright Malcolm Faed. Images and text may only be copied with the permission of the author. This blog includes personal things of interest including electric vehicle conversion. I have documented the conversion of a petrol (gas) powered vehicle to Electric. http://www.austinev.org/evalbum/1149. The blog now documents the conversion of a BMW E30 to electric.
Thursday, 25 September 2008
Workshop Manual for Hilux.
Gotta love the internet!
Tuesday, 23 September 2008
Sparky Bro going nuts on my balancing scooter. aka segway
50 x balance systems.
Monday, 22 September 2008
Batteries Arrived - port and final costs.
3 tips if you go to the ports.
1. Wear a fluro vest
2. They don't load vans with a forklift
3. You are not supposed to break down packages for loading.
None of this was a problem but I will keep it in mind if the is a next time.
So... the final outcome
55 batteries AU$2290.48
Bank Fee AU$ 20.00
GST and Duty AU$ 423.77
Customs Agent AU$ 137.5
Port Fees AU$ 248.05
TOTAL AU$ 3119.08
or $56.72 each.
Tuesday, 9 September 2008
Instead of paying money to offset your greenhouse emissions to an anonymous company, how about donating it to me. :)
Friday, 5 September 2008
Test for twitter feed
Tuesday, 2 September 2008
Here are the details of the heater install.
The heater is designed to run 4 ceramic elements in parallel at 240VAC
I will be running the 4 elements in series at 600VDC. If they were purely resistive this would amount to about 800W.
But these are PTC so I expect the output will be a bit higher.
The element has been installed in high temperature RTV compound into the main air duct from the fan.
The relays for the heater are only able to be energised when the fan is on.
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A thermal cut-out on the heater, connected to the relays coil will also be installed for protection in case of over heating.
Parts for battery balancing
Here are the parts for the battery balancer.
They are all available from http://www.rockby.com.au
For the 50 batteries, there are:
· 100 x 5mm Terminals
· 100 x 6.8v 5W Zener Diodes
· 50 x 4.7R 1W resistors.
I will make up a jig to assist soldering them all quickly and accurately.
After completion they will be encased in heat-shrink.
A few notes
- My batteries are on a ship on their way from China. Should arrive mid October.
- Spent Saturday installing the dashboard and stereo. Gotta have good sounds!
- I have located all the important wires in the loom and designed the necessary opto isolating interface. (Reverse, Tacho and Speedo)
- I have permanently wired the brake vacuum pump to the ignition
- Sent plans for battery box to Geoff for fabrication.
Engine Mount and Driveshaft installed.
The aluminium block holds the inductive pick-up. (Thanks Geoff)
The drive flange is the grey part.
The Universal and sliding spline are bolted to the drive flange.
I spent ages looking for 10mm x 1mm pitch bolts. I should have gone to Toyota first. They were just a couple of dollars each!
This is the rear mount that attaches to where the gearbox used to attach.